Lonely Planet Writer

Discover the most popular travel trends according to Pinterest users

Before you grab the necessary guidebook for your next trip, dreamily gazing at pictures of beautiful destinations can be one great way to get inspired. For many, that’s where Pinterest comes in, allowing for an endless spiral into admiring amazing places around the world.

A woman wanders through Chefchaouen. Image by Oscar Wong/Getty Images

If you want to know exactly what trends are sparking a bit of wanderlust, Pinterest has just released data on what travel-mad users are pinning. About 68% say they are looking for places to visit and once they have some inspiration, they start looking at all the cool things they can do there. All of that inspiration from various destinations is being incorporated into users’ lives through food, home décor, style and beauty.

Joshua Tree National Park, Mojave Desert, California
Enjoy the beautiful sunsets at Joshua Tree only to be followed by a dark, starry sky. Image by ©S.Borisov/Shutterstock

So just what has people inspired? Desert travel has seen a 125% increase in pins, according to Pinterest, meaning destinations like Morocco, Dubai, Atacama Desert and Joshua Tree National Park are feeling the love. If you like a bit of ocean with your sand, then islands in Croatia and Mykonos in Greece have seen a 96% boost. For avid city explorers – who still want to go someplace warm – Mexico City has also seen a 96% increase in pins.

Buddhist faces on towers at Bayon Temple, Cambodia. Image by ©Adam Laws/Shutterstock

With shows like Poldark and The Crown spurring binge-watchers interest in history, so has the interest in historical travel which surged by 92%. Travellers are looking to places like “old world Europe” and Angkor Wat, proving that some destinations are simply timeless. If the thought of an ocean cruise leaves you cold, then take note as river cruises in places like Vietnam, Germany and Egypt saw a 346% increase in pins. Culture seekers are searching for street art (a 79% increase) home and abroad in beautiful places like Miami, Lisbon and Melbourne.

Chinese junks and cruise ships passing by limestone islands in Halong Bay. Image by ©Matt Munro/Lonely Planet

Many people are looking for authentic experiences as evidenced by a 146% increase in local travel pins. Many travellers are also saving their best memories with elaborate bullet journals decked out with watercolours and calligraphy – with a 169% surge in pins for travel journal. If you want to get inspiration for your next trip, look no further than Lonely Planet’s Pinterest page.